Boro Collection by Andrew Driftwood
02 – 12 July
We are presenting work by a fashion brand Andrew Driftwood, a brand started by Aogu Otsuka in 2013.
Otsuka uses antique fabrics often found in England. Fabrics are dyed using traditional methods and made into clothes by Otsuka himself in his studio in Tokyo. Otsuka designs and makes pieces that are timeless and be worn as long as the fabric lasts.
For this exhibition, Otsuka made a collection using Japanese antique fabric, boro. Boro is textiles from nineteenth and early twentieth century when fabric was valuable. Once clothes were made, it would be endlessly repaired and patched throughout the owner’s lifetime, or perhaps longer. Old kimonos were sewn layer-on-layer using salvaged swatches, every scrap was reused over and over again. These textiles may have their origins in austerity and utilitarian design but the sophistication of the repeated repair, often by several successive generations, makes each piece completely unique.
With the same philosophy, Otsuka created wearable pieces, giving new lives to much cherished boro textiles. We hope many people will have a chance to see this collaborative work of Otsuka and our ancestors.
Launch: Thursday 2nd July, 6-8 pm
Momosan Shop 79a Wilton Way, London E8 1BG
Open Thursday – Sunday: 11:00 – 18:00